CAIRO: Four suspected Egyptian Islamists were killed south of Cairo early yesterday while preparing explosives on a farm owned by a senior member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, police said.
It was not immediately clear whether the Brotherhood leader who owned the chicken farm, Ahmed Arafa Abdel Qadir, was himself among the dead.
One body was completely charred and another torn to pieces by the blast, police said.
Police said unexploded devices were also found at the site of yesterday’s blast, indicating that the farm apparently served as a bomb factory.
The government insists the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, is involved in militant attacks. The Brotherhood says it is a peaceful organisation.
The explosion, in a village in the rural Fayoum province, came hours after nine people were wounded when a small bomb went off in a train in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
Islamists had staged protests on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the military ousting of Mursi, with two people killed in clashes between demonstrators and police.
The Brotherhood had called for a “day of anger” to commemorate Morsi’s overthrow, which unleashed a deadly crackdown on the Islamist movement.